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August 2011
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164 new members joined the SAA in July. Welcome!
We have 8,138 members as of July 31.

2012 Conference

Be sure to mark your calendar for Conference 2012: May 24-28 in Minneapolis, MN.

Read up on the exciting opportunities for teachers, students and parents!

The session proposal form is now open online. Applications for student events will be available by September 1st.


Tips for a Halloween Musical Bash

Halloween Group Recital

Students of Reagan Brasch at the Music Institute of Chicago formed the group “The Stomping Vampires” for their annual Halloween group recital. Pictured are Andrew, Vivek, Sydney, Isabella, and Sarah.

Image by Reagan Brasch

From Reagan Brasch:

It’s August. All my students know what that means—it’s time to plan for the Halloween group recital. It wasn’t always this way—my violin teacher friend, Danielle Charboneau, deserves all the credit. When she moved to California to start a new studio, her former students who joined my studio begged me to continue her tradition of a group concert at Halloween. I relented. The result is my favorite concert of the year, and all it takes is a little planning.

From Nancy Modell:

A creaking mansion. A witch’s cackle. A ghostly howl. The right combination of sounds can give anyone goose bumps. Last October, the students in my Suzuki piano studio—from kindergarten through high school—celebrated the sounds of Halloween with a program called Music for a Dark and Stormy Night. This program generated a lot enthusiasm from the performers, and from the audience of family and friends.

Read Reagan and Nancy’s Halloween recital ideas


Host a SPA Course in Your Area

Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA) Logo

Interested in setting up a SPA course in your area? Now would be a great time to get started planning it for the fall!

See how to host SPA

Online Teacher Search Service

Looking for more students? Now is the perfect time to sign up for the online teacher search.

There were over 10,000 search requests last month, so it’s a great, easy way for parents in search of a Suzuki teacher to find you.

Listing in the Find a Teacher search on the SAA website is not automatic—there are lots of members who don’t want to be listed! If you would like to be included, you need to
sign up here.

If you’re already in the teacher search, check your profile and make sure your location, email address, and phone number are still correct. Don’t forget that you can include your picture, website, and biography.

If you are no longer looking for more students, please delete your listing.


Upcoming Events

SAA Calendar
Sep 1: ASJ 40.1 Submission Deadline
Sep 15 – 18: SAA Board Meeting
Sep 25: 2012 Institute Preliminary Information Due

Amarillo, TX
Amarillo College Suzuki String Program
Every Child Can!, Beverly de la Bretonne, Aug 20

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Centro Suzuki Buenos Aires
Violin Book 1, Eduardo Luduena, Aug 20 – 24

Bellingham, WA
Studio of Elizabeth Stuen-Walker
Viola Book 6, Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Aug 24 – 28

Houston, TX
Houston Area Suzuki String Association
Child Development for the Suzuki Teacher, Edmund Sprunger, Aug 26 – 28

This 11 hour course with Ed Sprunger will survey the ways in which children develop emotionally from birth through adolescence. Specifically, it will answer questions such as:

  • What are the typical emotional and psychological stages and issues for children?
  • How can I match my teaching to the development stages of my students?
  • Why do the feelings and behaviors of children sometimes make no sense at all?
  • How does the parent-child relationship enter into lessons and practices?
  • What are some positive and supportive ways to work with the parents of my students?
  • How do infant and toddler experiences before age three shape later learning?

Louisville, KY
University of Louisville
Every Child Can!, Timothy Durbin, Aug 27

Austin, TX
University of Texas String Project
Every Child Can!, Laurie Scott, Aug 27

Chicago, IL
DePaul Community Music Division
Every Child Can!, Tanya Carey, Sep 4

Newtonville, MA
Suzuki School of Newton
Every Child Can!, Sachiko Isihara, Sep 11

Guanajuato, Mexico
Festival Internacional Suzuki Guanajuato
Filosofía, Caroline Fraser, Sep 12 – 16
Violin Book 2, Sanford Reuning, Sep 12 – 16
Piano Book 1, Caroline Fraser, Sep 16 – 21

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Festival Suzuki de Buenos Aires
Violin Book 1, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Sep 16 – 21

Los Angeles, CA
Studio of Carey Beth Hockett
Cello Book 1, Carey Beth Hockett, Sep 16 – Dec 16

Centerville, UT
Studio of Nancy Toone
Flute Book 7, Laurel Ann Maurer, Sep 17 – 21

Willow Grove, PA
Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association
Suzuki Principles in Action, Joanne Melvin, Sep 24 – 25

Cincinnati, OH
Studio of Rita Hauck
Every Child Can!, Rita Hauck, Sep 27
Piano Book 1, Rita Hauck, Sep 27 – Oct 4

San Martín de los Andes, Argentina
San Martín de los Andes
Flute Book 2, Kelly Williamson, Oct 1 – 8

Austin, TX
Suzuki Strings of Austin
Violin Book 2, Edward Kreitman, Oct 6 – 10

Manchester, MO
St. Louis Suzuki Piano Teachers’ Association
Piano Book 1, Cathy Williams Hargrave, Oct 7 – Nov 14

Salem, VA
Studio of Deborah Kemper
Flute Book 2, Deborah Kemper, Oct 7 – Dec 4

Honolulu, HI
Suzuki Association of Hawaii
Suzuki Principles in Action, Joanne Melvin, Oct 8 – 9

Ft. Worth, TX
Studio of Rita Hauck
Every Child Can!, Rita Hauck, Oct 15

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